Melbourne and Western Bulldogs players won’t be allowed attend the main function room at Sunday night’s Brownlow Medal due to COVID protocols.
As part of the AFL’s risk-adverse measures ahead of the Grand Final on September 25, both sides will be separated from the main function room at Optus Stadium.
McClure explained the reasons behind the move, saying it was all about ensuring the Grand Final would be able to proceed if a COVID case was detected at the event.
“Melbourne and Western Bulldogs players have come to learn that they won’t be able to part of the main function (on Brownlow night),” he said on Sportsday.
“They’re keeping the Bulldogs in one (room), the Demons in another room and the main function elsewhere. This is despite the fact they’ve all quarantined and there’s no cases.
“(The move is) mitigating the one in a very small chance that if there’s an outbreak at the Brownlow Medal and a case, that it’s not going to affect these two clubs.
“It’s all about making sure that these guys get to September 25.”
Marcus Bontempelli and Clayton Oliver are two of the favourites for the Brownlow and if either of them won the award, they wouldn’t be allowed into the main function room to accept the award.